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Business Groups, Associations and Networking for Expats in the United States Of America

Submitted: November 2013

Professional networking is a core ingredient of the US business culture. You will find numerous networking groups, clubs and professional associations dedicated to business and individual professions. Typically, you will have to sign up to become a member and pay an annual membership fee. In return, you will get access to the group’s networking events, publications, online resources and consultation services. Detailed information on how to become a member, various types of membership and the respective fees can be found on the website of a particular network. Most of these groups also have regional and local branches.

Examples of large US business groups and networks include:

You can also have a look at the MeetUp Business Networking website and search for upcoming business networking events in the city of your choice.

There are a growing number of networks dedicated specifically to women in business. These membership-based networks offer support to businesswomen in the US and those wishing to start their own business. They also organise regular trainings and networking events. Some of the most prominent networks include: 

In addition to this, there are countless professional networks and associations dedicated to individual professions, such as the American Dental Association, American Bar Association, or the American Accounting Association. For an extensive list of professional, governmental, and business associations in the US see the Encyclopedia of Associations.

As elsewhere in the world, online networking sites have become very popular among professionals in the US. These networks enable both companies and individuals to create an online profile, and join groups of interest. They can be useful tools for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field. By far the most widely-used networking site among professionals in the US is LinkedIn.

Expat business professionals might also be interested in country-specific business groups in the US. A good starting point is to approach the respective country’s Chamber of Commerce in the US. Most large countries have Chambers of Commerce located in various large US cities, in particular in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Chicago. These chambers run membership clubs directed at both, business professionals from the respective country who are doing business in the US, and US business professionals who are interested in doing business with that particular country. They offer support to businesses and organise regular networking events.

In addition to that there are also several independent country-specific business networks and groups.

For examples of country-specific networks see:

A list of other Chambers of Commerce in the US is available here.

For other expat groups in the US, see Expat Groups in the US.

 

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